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ROI believes that it is very important that the recently announced Canada-Ontario immigration agreement identifies the goal of dispersing settlement to more rural and northern areas and we welcome this policy development as good news for rural and northern stakeholders.  

 


Staff of the Rural Ontario Institute recently attended the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s annual convention in Toronto. The theme of the event was Producing Prosperity, with a message of distributed economic development. The organization explains that this is a bit of departure from their mission statement, but sees a strong connection between rural economic development and sustainable and prosperous farmlands. The rationale that OFA puts forth is consistent with that of the recent Rural Ontario Foresight Paper: Growth Beyond Cities: Place-Based Rural Development Policy in Ontario, authored by David Freshwater, who also spoke at the convention. Going into a Spring election, the OFA’s advocacy for rural development is something for all rural development stakeholders to be encouraged by. ROI is pleased to see this important sector recognizing the interconnection between rural development broadly and their sectoral interests. We're sharing the opening message from the President of the OFA, Keith Currie, here as a guest blog. 


The Minister’s Expert Panel on Public Health has issued a series of recommendations that would drastically change the public health system in Ontario. Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) members are concerned about the proposed changes that would reduce the municipal voice on public health issues. 


Welcoming AALP Class 17

Date: October 6, 2017

Rob Black, CEO of the Rural Ontario Institute and Program Director of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program, shares his thoughts as AALP Class 17 gets underway. 


Northern Voices

Date: September 29, 2017

Norm Ragetlie, Director, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, shares his experience at the Northern Policy Institute's State of the North conference held in Timmins from Sept. 27-28, 2017. 

 


The province of Ontario will celebrate rural leaders through the new Rural Ontario Leader Awards.


Huron County’s project to expand broadband connectivity would attract highly-skilled labour and the human capital that comes along with it to rural Ontario


How well does Ottawa understand the challenges and opportunities related to rural infrastructure? Do policy makers recognize the differences between rural and urban realities and requirements? With the federal government about to embark on a multi-year infrastructure initiative, rural researchers from across the country took the opportunity to share insights from recent research with parliamentarians. 


Rural North Wellington is home to an organization called the Seniors Centre of Excellence (SCE) which has been welcoming, celebrating and caring for seniors in Mapleton, Minto and Wellington North since 2008.


Dianne Thomson, Project Coordinator for the community project, Schools as Anchors for Rural Community Vitality, part of the ROI Measuring Rural Community Vitality initiative, shares her account of attending the Ontario Community Hubs Summit 2017. 


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